Mayfield apologizes for planting OU flag at midfield
NORMAN (AP) Quarterback Baker Mayfield has apologized for planting Oklahoma's flag at midfield of Ohio State's stadium following the Sooners' victory over the Buckeyes.
After Saturday night's 31-16 win, Mayfield ran around the field at Ohio Stadium with a crimson OU flag, took it to the "O" at midfield and stuck it in the ground as his teammates celebrated around him.
"It was an emotional game, and so after the game, I did not mean for it to be disrespectful toward any Ohio State people at all, especially not the team or the players," Mayfield said Monday. "They're a great team, a great program, so I didn't mean for it to be disrespectful at all."
Mayfield said the Sooners do the same thing with the flag when they play Texas, but that game is played at a neutral site in Dallas each year. Mayfield said he should have saved his celebration for the locker room.
"Obviously, if they did that here (in Norman), I'd be pissed, too," he said. "Not surprised looking back on it. I understand why they're very upset about it, but I didn't mean it to be disrespectful in any way."